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UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier III First Look |Odds, betting picks and predictions

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UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier III First Look |Odds, betting picks and predictions
Daniel Cormier throws a punch at Stipe Miocic in the first round during their UFC Heavyweight Title Bout at UFC 241 at Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

The Ultimate Fighting Championship hosts a long-awaited trilogy bout between two of the greatest heavyweights in history. UFC Odds are now available, read on for our complete betting guide taking the first look at Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic, including updated odds and our free expert betting predictions.

Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier

UFC Heavyweight Championship Bout

Saturday, August 15, 2020 – 11:59 PM EDTUFC Apex Center in Las Vegas (ESPN+)

Containing the excitement won't be easy, but the highly anticipated trilogy fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier has arrived. For the third time in history, DC and Stipe will go five, five-minute rounds for the UFC heavyweight championship belt. With legacies and gold on the line, we should expect one of the most hyped-up UFC pay-per-views this year to take place.

Daniel Cormier. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

Daniel Cormier (22-2-0)

If we were to list the achievements and accolades of Daniel Cormier (DC), it might require some of your valued time so to keep it short we'll start with the highest. Former UFC champion in two weight classes simultaneously and a former Olympic level wrestler, no explanation needed.

Born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana, DC's love for mixed martial arts began sweating it out on the wrestling mats during his school years. After success in the Olympics, DC started training in MMA and across his eleven-year professional career has held the championship in all promotions he's fought for.

A prosperous career and a heated rivalry with Jon Jones would put DC's name in the history books, but it was 2018 when the height of DC's career would play-out; holding the UFC light heavyweight & heavyweight titles (simultaneously) becoming the "Cham-Champ". 

Aged 41, it's hard to predict how many times DC will step into the octagon again, but his latest Trilogy-rivalry with Stipe Miocic is entering the third and final meeting. At 1-1 a piece with the gold dripped around the waist of Stipe, the championship mentality of DC should be on top-form as retirement isn't too far away for the legend.

Daniel Cormier+100
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Stipe Miocic (L). Sam Wasson/Getty Images/AFP

Stipe Miocic (19-3-0)

Born and raised in Euclid, Ohio, we rarely discuss fighters in the UFC who are holding part-time jobs outside of the company, and more often than not, these fighters are just beginning their career. In-step Stipe Miocic, the UFC heavyweight champion and part-time fire-fighter-paramedic. The bluest of collars give Stipe a fan-base that can indeed bond with their hero.

The rubber match versus DC has been set in place, and Stipe hasn't fought a different contender to Cormier in three years – can he put a nail in the coffin of DC and continue his prosperous tenure in the UFC as champion?

Win or lose, Stipe Miocic aged 37 has a few more scraps left in the longevity tank, and I don't think a loss to DC will dent his legacy. How about Stipe versus Jon Jones? These are the super-fights we should expect from Stipe in the future, but a career-defining legacy fight for DC could put the mental advantage in favor of the champ.

Stipe Miocic+105
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UFC 252: Miocic vs. Cormier early prediction

How can Cormier win the Fight?

Pressure Stipe inside the tiny cage (Apex cage), I think the significantly smaller octagon is going to favor the former champion in DC. DC should take this Fight back to the wrestling gym and pressure Stipe into complete tiredness.

The first-fight DC was able to overcome the 7.5-inch reach advantage, and in the second Fight DC was able to do the same, the problem heading into the later rounds of Fight two was the body-shots implemented by Stipe.

How can DC land his power strikes to close the range without exposing his body to those same body-shots which ended the second Fight? I think wrestling his way into a victory is the best path for DC.

How can Miocic win the Fight?

Miocic problem versus DC have come in the clinch range, the step-over dirty-boxing from DC in slow-motion is some of the most beautiful inside boxing techniques you'll ever see and subsequently left Stipe starring at the lights. 

Stipe has a massive advantage with the final two minutes of the second Fight revealing a chink in the amour of DC. Heavy, precise shot's to the body neutralized the game plan of DC, leading Stipe to a TKO victory.

 I can visualize the feinted shots to the body from Stipe scaring DC into neglecting the uppercuts and hooks that could land instead. His footwork will need to be in top condition as the smaller cage will leave him vulnerable to the Olympic-level wrestling of DC. 

Who will win the Fight?

A trilogy fight in the UFC doesn't happen often but with one win each and gold on the line, a third fight is necessary to decide who's number one.

Usually, I'd let the UFC odds dictate a closely matched-up fight, but even the online sportsbooks are scared at predicting the outcome of this Fight as odds are a "pick-em".

With hesitancy, I think DC can avoid taking the same lethal shots multiple times without contemplating a clinch/grappling exchange. The smaller octagon is going to favor the former champ considerably in the wrestling department, finding a post of the cage to put the pressure on Stipe.

I think we could potentially see the third Fight ending through the judge's scorecard, if DC implements a valid masterful tactic it'll be a wrestling one, lowering the chances of a knockout or TKO stoppage.

Stipe Miocic throws a body punch to Daniel Cormier in the fourth round during their UFC Heavyweight Title Bout at UFC 241 at Honda Center on August 17, 2019 in Anaheim, California. Joe Scarnici/Getty Images/AFP

Cormier vs. Stipe Betting Odds Advice

The betting sites hold no confidence in either fighter; both men opened up at -110 and have lingered around the same number since. The public isn't going to shift this line because it's one of the closest fought contests this year.

Instead of predicting for the sake of making a prediction, the over 2.5 rounds @ -125 seems like great value to me.  Both men are going to be hesitant in attempting to end this Fight fast. I expect a calm approach from both fighters meaning the value for me lies in the totals betting market.

Over 2.5 rounds-125
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